Get the newsletter. Across the river from downtown Launceston, the four converted silos housing Peppers Silo Hotel and its airy, industrial restaurant are impossible to miss. 0428 090 436, ), or select cuvees from another Jura legend Phillipe Bornard, is a thrill for the minimal intervention wine trainspotters, but the list delivers a wealth of obscure and interesting wines. All rights reserved   |   ABN 23 079 978 199   |   93 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000   |   Ph: 1300 827 822 or (03) 6234 4666   |, Josef Chromy Wines - Let's Do Lunch Experience. There’s also an impressive assortment of Asian cultural artworks and a working Chinese temple. If Tasmania isn't your quarry, there's grower Champagne, big name wines from Torbreck, Mount Mary and Moos Wood, with a Penfolds Grange collection of substance likewise found within these pages. You can’t take your camera with you! and Launceston has a sparkle in its step, thanks to all the delicious sparkling wines on the nearby Tamar trail. All-in-all this does the locals proud while delivering a myriad of options. Connected to each station are cables ranging from 45 to 370 metres in length, and once the safety checks are complete (you have two guides with you at all times), you’re told to sit back and enjoy the ride. Out back, a food truck slings hearty street eats like burgers and buttermilk fried chicken in the evenings. Velo Wines: Opened in 2006, this cosy cellar door has recently undergone a reno thanks to a generous federal tourism grant. Of course, as many sommeliers will, there's a huge collection of diverse riesling, plenty of Champagne, grower and big name alike, and a leaning to perfumed, light to medium weight red wine that feels very en pointe for the currency of Australian food and drinking culture. Launceston is in northern Tasmania, where the South and North Esk Rivers meet to become the Tamar River. A feature page on Stefano Lubiana Single Block wines is a tempting highlight, though you'll be leafing through names like Holyman, Pooley, Sailor Seeks Horse and the premium sparkling wines of Tassie with equal lust and vigour.   LOUISE RADMAN, 70 George St, Launceston, Tas (03) 6331 9333, CUISINE SteakhouseWINE LIST Jim WelshWINEs ON LIST 100 (10 by the glass)WINE PRICES $$ ($35-$10 by the glass). 69 Basin Rd, Launceston, Me Wah Hobart's sister restaurant in Launceston sports a significantly pared-down wine list but don't despair, the central core of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Penfolds Grange collections remain on the list. 655 Main Road, Berriedale‍(03) 6277 9900, CUISINE Regional TasmanianWINE LIST Pip Anderson & Ilo PilveWINEs ON LIST 3,153 (30 by the glass)WINE PRICES $$ ($36-$10 by the glass). This bar wouldn’t be out of place in a Melbourne laneway. Travel inspiration and destination guides, plus tips and hacks, straight to your inbox, Discover your next 100 Australian travel experiences. Hotel and resort news, international restaurant news, travel guides, destination overviews, crusies and more. The floor is polished concrete, the ceiling black, the coffee great and the food healthy - for you and the planet. But spend a day wandering Launceston's heritage-listed streets (it's a short, scenic walk to anywhere in this riverside city) and you'll find there's more to love about it than its famous gorge. Amongst all the grandeur, the drinks selectors have ensured deep representation from Tasmanian winemakers, another tick in the box for this oh-so serious wine list. Mouth-watering collections of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Penfolds Grange are the jewels in this wine list's crown. Cimitiere St car park in Launceston (opposite the Grand Chancellor hotel between Cameron and Cimitiere Sts), . This cosy local favourite on the ground floor of an 1840s Regency-style townhouse does comfort food with a gourmet twist, such as rarebit with leeks, local cheddar and ale bechamel. 70 George St, Launceston, Tas (03) 6331 9333. Get the latest news and updates emailed straight to your inbox. 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The upper floor is an art gallery; the lower floor is a cornucopia of gourmet fare and lovingly crafted souvenirs: merino-wool clothes by Tasmanian brand Smitten, homewares made from Tasmanian wood, Tasmanian tiger tea towels, hampers with Tasmanian honey, olive oil, teas and chocolates, even lavender cheeses. It's also home to Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery (QVMAG), a museum-shaped time capsule set amid 19th-century railway yards. Fifteen minutes' walk from the brewery is Launceston's No.1 tourist attraction, Cataract Gorge, where Launceston locals go to run, climb, picnic and swim and where tourists go to ride across the gorge on the longest single-span chairlift in the world (457 metres end to end). Rod, our knowledgeable tour guide from Prestige Leisure Tours (who has previously owned Moores Hill Winery in the Tamar Valley) took us to these top drops: Josef Chromy: Tassie’s second largest winery has gorgeous gardens and breathtaking views. Cataract Gorge chairlift is open from 9am every day and closes at 4.30pm in winter, 5pm in spring and autumn and 5.30-6pm in summer. Inside, it's all concrete and glass and paintings by emerging artists. Gourmet Traveller is your trusted source and authority for the best in food, wine and travel. The Ballroom on the top level (where we stayed) was spacious and regal with French doors, high ceilings, gilt mirrors and an imposing Italianate marble fireplace. The incredible producers collected in this museum to fine wine is head-spinning, it's not every day you see six vintages of Jerome Prevost's rare Champagne, nearly two, micro-printed pages of J.J. Prüm wines, Didier Dagueneau for days, back vintage Bonneau du Martray followed by pages and pages of grand red Burgundy. Everything is a stone’s throw away, from wilderness walks to cool-climate vineyards and great dining spots that serve up the best home-grown fare. Want to extend your Tasmanian travel package? There's also a silent-movie theatre, a planetarium, an interactive science centre and a sporting gallery featuring the cricket-like game of "vigoro" (first played in Launceston in 1937). There are sheep fenced off on the edge of the runway (yes, really), rolling hills and leafy green paddocks that stretch for miles. Whether you want a campsite, a self-contained unit or a B&B, you’ll find it online at You can drive from Hobart via the B31 and Midland Highway in about two-and-half hours (just under 200km). A cavernous former motorcycle store houses Tasmanian Butter Co.’s factory in the back and a café out front that produces delicious baked goods, from flaky walnut croissants to crusty pies with fillings like chickpea and beef brisket. Cimitiere St car park in Launceston (opposite the Grand Chancellor hotel between Cameron and Cimitiere Sts), But it’s stone grills that take pride of place. Ask "Lonny" locals to name their favourite breakfast spot and chances are they'll say Fresh on Charles. A stomach for hills Beautiful scenery and wonderful produce thrill Andrew Bain as he rides through the island state's dramatic countryside. Stay at Launceston’s newest boutique hotel and visit one of our favourite Tassie wineries – Josef Chromy Wines.